ACLU Files Lawsuit in Dispute Over Inmate Meetings

FAYETTE, Ala. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama has filed a lawsuit against Fayette County Sheriff Rodney Ingle after ACLU lawyers said they were denied access to meet with inmates at the Fayette County Jail.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, states that ACLU lawyers were unconstitutionally denied the right to consult with inmates.

ACLU of Alabama Law Fellow Jared Shepherd said ACLU attorneys have been hearing complaints from inmates about medical care and other issues, but their access to meet with inmates to learn more has been cut off.

WBRC-TV reports that Ingle had not responded to requests for comment.

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